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I’ve seen this video several times…and I’ll continue to watch it to keep my mind fresh when talking with struggling youth. It’s a very powerful 3 minute reminder on human connection.

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You may have seen a recent story posted on the Medium website titled,  “I’m a 37-Year-Old Mom & I Spent Seven Days Online as an 11-Year-Old Girl. Here’s What I Learned.” This story was sent to me by numerous folks who support the mission of Shape The Sky. I have to admit, it’s a catchy headline, and I’m sure many people wanted to know what the 37-year-old mom learned.

With the recent Christmas holiday, many students have been talking to me about the electronic devices they received as gifts. One of my recent conversations was with a first grader who got a phone but told me that he “can’t call on, but can do everything else.” He then pointed out that he was unable to text because he wasn’t good at spelling yet.

Being a parent today is a hard job. We are busy cooking, cleaning, taking kids to sports/dance practice and coordinating everyone’s schedules! This can be exhausting!  At times we forget how impressionable kids are.

I’ve been talking about random “chat roulette” type of apps since I started my trainings in 2012. These types of apps have changed and morphed over the years, but the function is basically the same: you are randomly connected with a “stranger” also using the app anywhere in the world. What has changed is the age of the kids using these apps.

Today I am taking a moment to shape your sky about a topic that is dear to my heart. Slavery exists in every city around the world. It haunts massage parlors and truck stops.

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